Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
Roger Higgins exists a voting booth after voting on the nonbinding referendum on a proposed north woods national park at the Town of Medway Fire Department and Public Works building June 23, 2015, in Medway.

Patten residents to vote on national monument issue

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 15, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Residents in this northern Penobscot County town will vote Tuesday on whether to support a proposed national monument east of Baxter State Park, officials said Friday.
Schenck High School parents Michelle Hatch and Olivia Gallant (right) speak during an East Millinocket School Committee meeting at Schenck High School.

Don’t end Katahdin region show choir, students ask East Millinocket school board

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 07, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
Fifteen students from Schenck High School and neighboring Stearns High School in Millinocket appealed to the school board Wednesday to reject a proposal to end the two schools’ award-winning Unified Harmony Show Choir.
Millinocket Town Councilor Gilda Stratton

Millinocket councilor fined $600, license suspended for OUI conviction

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 06, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
A town councilor who was sentenced Wednesday for driving drunk repeatedly denied drinking on the day of her arrest and changed her story during the investigative process, according to an incident report filed by police. Gilda Stratton, 69, had no comment after Millinocket District Court Judge Kevin …

Howland woman sentenced in civil court for fatal crash

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 05, 2016, at 9:24 p.m.
A Howland woman will pay fines and lose her license as part of a plea bargain that takes advantage of a new law that helps victims of a crash attain some justice when criminal laws don’t apply.
Katie Drost (right) gets escorted by an unidentified man on Tuesday from Lincoln District Court  after she was sentenced in connection with an accident that killed a woman in November 2014.

Howland woman fined $4,000 for fatal Enfield crash

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 05, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
The fatal crash occurred on the morning of Nov. 15, 2014, near the intersection of Route 2 and Mohawk Road.
Judge Kevin Stitham speaks in District Court in Dover-Foxcroft, Feb. 2, 2009.

Lincoln motorist to pay $750 fine, restitution for hitting pedestrian

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 05, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
A local woman will pay a $750 fine after pleading no contest Tuesday to charges arising from a hit-and-run on West Broadway in January, in which a pedestrian was struck.

Program seeks to lure high schoolers into medicine

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 05, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
Some of the brightest young minds of northern Penobscot County participated in a program that allows them to more than job-shadow doctors.
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Courtney Gordon and Ryan Drinkwater (far right) of Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln were among about a dozen northern Penobscot County high-schoolers who attended Doc4aDay at Millinocket Regional Hospital. Registered nurse Shelly Chipman (speaking), Dr. Lauren Ciszak and Tufts University medical student Ben Levin (far right) were among the program participants.

Doc4aDay program aims to create next generation of Maine doctors

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 05, 2016, at 6:37 a.m.
Hand-picked by their schools for their outstanding academic work and their potential, the students get a chance to see whether medicine is for them.
Millinocket Town Council members Charles Pray (far left) and Michael Madore and Town Manager John Davis listen during a meeting on Nov. 9, 2015.

Millinocket official: House vote shows monument opponents are not a ‘splinter group’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
The House vote “shows that we are not that splinter group that we are probably being advertised as in Washington. We know what’s best for our area. It represents the fact that the governing body of the state of Maine still knows that we are here,” Councilor Michael Madore said Friday.

Neighbors saddened by death of Millinocket man

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 01, 2016, at 9:07 a.m.
Michael Olin died in a fire at his home Thursday. He was described as a warm, gregarious and helpful neighbor.
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Two people comfort each other outside the house where Michael Olin died in a fire on Thursday in Millinocket.

‘Wish I could have done more,’ says neighbor after man dies in fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2016, at 12:42 p.m.
A local man died when fire destroyed his Elm Street home in the predawn hours of Thursday despite four people’s efforts to save him.
Fire investigators gather in front of a house on Elm Street in Millinocket where an unidentified man died in a fire early Thursday.

Man dies in Millinocket house fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 31, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
A man died when fire destroyed part of his Elm Street home in the predawn hours of Thursday despite a neighbor’s attempt to rescue him, officials said.
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Fred Lewis (right), the owner of Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc., leads Sen. Angus King on a tour of the manufacturing facility in Millinocket Wednesday morning.

Angus King waiting to hear more from feds on monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 30, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
The National Park Service needs to further respond to a list of requirements before U.S. Sen. Angus King will decide whether to support a national monument proposed for the north woods, he said Wednesday.
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Sen. Angus King

King tours areas hit by ‘natural disaster’ of paper mill closures

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 29, 2016, at 5:56 p.m.
“What’s happened in the paper industry is like a natural disaster. We have lost six mills in five years,” Sen. Angus King said.
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Student faces charges after lockdown at Millinocket school

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 29, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
Police issued the student, 14, summonses for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass on Friday and referred him to juvenile authorities after the incident.

Robber escapes with cash from West Enfield credit union

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 28, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
A Penobscot County Federal Credit Union branch was robbed of an undetermined amount of money on Monday. It was the first reported robbery of a PCFCU branch since 2011.
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A surveillance camera photo shows a robbery suspect and a teller at Penobscot County Federal Credit Union on Monday. Investigators said the robbery occurred at about 8:15 a.m. and that the clock on the camera was an hour behind.

Robber wearing mask strikes West Enfield credit union

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 28, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
An unidentified man wearing a surgical face mask and dark gloves robbed a Bridge Street credit union of an undetermined amount of money Monday, officials said.
Sen. Angus King

Angus King asks National Park Service director to visit Katahdin region

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 25, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Angus King wants the National Park Service’s leader to hear what Katahdin region residents have to say about a proposed North Woods national monument, he said Friday.
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.

Millinocket school goes into lockdown in response to student issue

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 25, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Stearns Junior/Senior High School went into lockdown briefly on Friday due to “an issue with a student,” Superintendent Frank Boynton said.
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Superintendent Michael Wright discusses Penobscot Valley High School senior Zach Sides's complaint during a school board meeting at the high school.

Yearbook quote reinstated after gay student complains of discrimination

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 23, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
Zach Sides was surprised when his choice of words drew resistance from a school official.